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Mar 29

Celebrating Joy of Service in Vienna

Posted to Council Corner on March 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM by Kirstyn Barr

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” -1913 Nobel Laureate, Tagore

I share this quote with you, as I believe the most fundamental element that differentiates Vienna from other communities in our area are the many great examples of the joy found in service. Join us at this month's "Vienna at your Service," as we cheerfully honor some of our citizen volunteers at a reception. This event is a magnificent tradition here in Vienna.

Just as spring is in full blossom, let it be a catalyst for you to awaken, too. Show YOUR true colors: Get involved and enjoy your fellow citizens in a favorite activity. If you have not been involved, you would be amazed how rewarding participating in the community can be. Everyone indeed has something positive to share.

Why volunteer? The old adage is still true: "Many hands make light work." If everyone could provide a small investment in their time, treasure or talent, imagine the many gifts that could be harvested. Here are just some of the benefits:
  • Emotional Reward: satisfaction and pride come from helping others.
  • Strength: when a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too.
  • Learning: with every new experience or responsibility, comes new knowledge. 
  • Tolerance: cooperate with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, education and income levels toward a common goal. 
  • Appreciation: helping others or supporting causes that make a positive impact, reveals all the remarkable things in our own life.
  • Positive Impact: A wonderful, empowering message is that YOU ARE important enough to have an impact and YOU CAN make a difference.
So, what can I do? Vienna is rich with opportunities. Here are just a few examples: look, listen, act, read, support, inform (and be informed), meet, greet, share, beautify, smile, teach, recycle, vote, clean, attend a meeting, participate in a Town event, project, service organization, department, Committee or Board.

If you are already involved, Thanks! You may even consider expanding what you do. Anyone can make a positive change: identify something you enjoy in the community to fulfill a need. The future of the Town of Vienna starts with!

Carey J. Sienicki
Vienna Town Council Member
Jan 03

Emphasis on Community Service in 2012

Posted to Council Corner on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM by Kirstyn Barr

I am writing this brief message to further the theme I wrote of in the September Town Newsletter last year. But before I begin, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope everyone has a good and prosperous 2012.

The 2011 year was full of many events and the one I wrote of in September 2011 honored Sam Savia, a tremendous volunteer who dedicated 70 years of service to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Unfortunately, as many of you know, Sam passed away a few days before the Christmas Holiday. He will be missed by many family and friends, myself included.

What that means; however, is that as we go into 2012 we should emulate the standard for community involvement set by Sam and make a commitment to further our community volunteer efforts. Our country, our commonwealth and our community are still facing some of the effects of a struggling economy and there are ways we all can help and be of service to those in need. Everyone contributing in big or small ways will make a difference. So, please consider volunteering to help our community during the course of the year. It is only through service to each other do we really survive and prosper.

Happy New Year!
Michael J. Polychrones
Vienna Town Councilmember

To learn more about what you can do to help, contact a Vienna-area organization.  For information on volunteer opportunities with Vienna Parks and Recreation, contact the Parks and Recreation Director or call 703-255-6360.